The Free Dictionary  
mailing list For webmasters
Welcome Guest Forum Search | Active Topics | Members

There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand... Options
Daemon
Posted: Saturday, December 16, 2017 12:00:00 AM
Rank: Advanced Member

Joined: 3/7/2009
Posts: 23,693
Neurons: 71,085
Location: Inside Farlex computers
There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love.

Washington Irving (1783-1859)
raghd muhi al-deen
Posted: Saturday, December 16, 2017 3:21:03 AM

Rank: Advanced Member

Joined: 4/19/2017
Posts: 1,067
Neurons: 92,454
Location: Baghdad, Mayorality of Baghdad, Iraq
American Aothur

with my pleasure
KSPavan
Posted: Saturday, December 16, 2017 3:53:22 AM

Rank: Advanced Member

Joined: 1/28/2015
Posts: 3,104
Neurons: 2,309,362
Location: Kolkata, Bengal, India
Quotation of the Day

There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love.

Washington Irving (1783-1859)
pedro
Posted: Saturday, December 16, 2017 4:36:53 AM

Rank: Advanced Member

Joined: 5/21/2009
Posts: 12,982
Neurons: 60,184
raghd muhi al-deen wrote:
American Aothur



He wrote bkoos

All good ideas arrive by chance- Max Ernst
monamagda
Posted: Saturday, December 16, 2017 9:23:18 AM

Rank: Advanced Member

Joined: 2/4/2014
Posts: 6,198
Neurons: 4,112,826
Location: Bogotá, Bogota D.C., Colombia

This quotation is all over the Internet, attributed to Washington Irving:

There is a sacredness in tears. They are not a mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition and of unspeakable love.

Dr. Boli does not believe that Washington Irving wrote those sentences. The actual work is never cited—a sure marker of a misattributed quotation. But in trying to trace the quotation to its real author, Dr. Boli has found only more bafflement.

Here is the longest version of the quotation he can find, as it was printed in The Mother’s Assistant in 1845:

There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, of unspeakable love. If there were wanting any argument to prove that man is not mortal, I would look for it in the strong, convulsive emotion of the breast, when the soul has been deeply agitated, when the fountains of feeling are rising, and when tears are gushing forth in crystal streams. O, speak not harshly of the stricken one—weeping in silence! Break not the deep solemnity by rude laughter, or intrusive footsteps. Despise not a woman’s tears—they are what make her an angel. Scoff not if the stern heart of manhood is sometimes melted to tears of sympathy—they are what help to elevate him above the brute. I love to see tears of affection. They are painful tokens, but still most holy. There is pleasure in tears—an awful pleasure! If there were none on earth to shed a tear for me, I should be loth to live; and if no one might weep over my grave, I could never die in peace.

——Dr. Johnson.
You will note the attribution. It seems very unlikely that a Boston publication would attribute a quotation to Dr. Johnson if it was actually by America’s greatest living writer, the one who gave Americans the right to say that their young nation occupied no mean place in the republic of letters.

The Mother’s Assistant is only one of many miscellanies that printed the passage in question in the 1840s—Dr. Boli chose it only because its clear and large type made it easy for Google’s optical character recognition to spare him the trouble of transcribing the whole thing. But in spite of its popularity, the quotation maddeningly seems not to exist anywhere outside collections of quotations. In the 1840s and 1850s it is almost always attributed to Dr. Johnson; but by the 1880s we begin to see it attributed to Washington Irving. In our own century the attribution to Dr. Johnson is completely forgotten; it belongs to Irving. Yet it does not seem to fit the style of either man, and Dr. Boli regards both attributions as spurious. But he has not been able to find it attributed to anyone else.

Read more : http://drboli.com/2015/08/11/find-the-source-of-the-quotation/


Bully_rus
Posted: Saturday, December 16, 2017 1:49:07 PM
Rank: Advanced Member

Joined: 3/26/2013
Posts: 2,393
Neurons: 161,329
Location: Minsk, Minskaya Voblasts', Belarus
Daemon wrote:
There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love.

Washington Irving (1783-1859)


Yeah. When genuine and rare, it can be a great experience – time of one's life...
Users browsing this topic
Guest


Forum Jump
You cannot post new topics in this forum.
You cannot reply to topics in this forum.
You cannot delete your posts in this forum.
You cannot edit your posts in this forum.
You cannot create polls in this forum.
You cannot vote in polls in this forum.

Main Forum RSS : RSS
Forum Terms and Guidelines. Copyright © 2008-2018 Farlex, Inc. All rights reserved.